Celebrating its 25-year anniversary, Adrian Clark selects the timepieces setting new precedents from this year's SIHH Watch Fair in Geneva.
Note: most of these are due for a release sometime this year - a bit of time to save up then...
Model: Emperador Coussin XL – 46.5mm
USP: This timepiece features a Calibre, self-winding 700P (5.3Hz) movement, which is powered by a micro-rotor. The watch is also water-resistant to 3ATM/30m.
Model: 4810 Orbis Terrarum
USP: In celebration of its pretty impressive 110-year anniversary, Montblanc has revamped its iconic 4810 collection to include this style, which has a bright new colour scheme and case shape.
Model: Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked
USP: The makers have fixed a second balance wheel and balance spring on the same axis to improve precision and stability.
Model: Saxonia Thin
USP: The flattest model to have been produced by the eminent watchmaker. The case diameter is 40mm, and the height is just 5.9mm – perfect for those who want a watch that won’t get in the way.
Model: Radiomir 1940 3-Days Automatic Acciaio – 42mm
USP: This is the first Radiomir to sport a white dial, giving
it a sporty look. It is also water-resistant to 100m and features a see-through sapphire crystal at the back.
Model: Capeland Shelby Cobra 1963
USP: This watch mimics some of the key features of the classic Cobra 289 car, which it honours – it even has a Cobra emblem that you can spot on the top of the second hand. It is a limited-edition model of only 1,963 pieces.
Model: Tonda Chrono Anniversaire
USP: Features a split-second chronograph – something that requires a lot of specialised watchmaker attention – with large, bold date marker and solid gold movement.
Model: Reverso Tribute Duoface SS
USP: This year marks the 85-year anniversary of the Reverso collection – this tribute model features a Verso face in blue with Clous de Paris hobnail guilloche pattern.
Model: Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph
USP: A world first, in that it’s the first worldtimer watch that allows you to set a new timezone using just the bezel (a patented feature), which features 24 key global cities.
Model: Drive de Cartier (stainless steel)
USP: The entry-price watch in a new collection, its cushion-shaped case, domed face, 6 o’clock counter and textured satin finish pave the way for it to become a future classic.
Model: 7226 chimera limited edition stainless steel watch